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From Latin succēdere, present active infinitive of succēdō, from sub + cēdō.


  • IPA(key): /sutˈt͡ʃɛ
  • Rhymes: -ɛdere
  • Hyphenation: suc‧cè‧de‧re


succedere (intransitive)

  1. to succeed, particularly:
    1. (with dative) To take the place (of).
      Synonym: subentrare
      Ad Augusto, primo imperatore romano, succedette Tiberio.Tiberius succeeded Augustus, the first Roman emperor. (literally, “To Augustus [] succeeded Tiberius.”)
    2. (obsolete, of property) To fall heir to; to inherit
      [] non avea alcun erede, né a chi legittimamente succedesse il suo
      [he] had no heirs, nor anyone to righfully inherit his [property]
    3. (with dative) to follow in order; to come after
      Synonym: seguire
      All'alba succede il tramonto.Sunset comes after sunrise. (literally, “To sunrise succeeds sunset.”)
    4. (with dative) to be subsequent or consequent (to); to follow
      Synonym: susseguirsi
      A quelle parole successe un putiferio.A ruckus followed those words. (literally, “To those words succeeded a ruckus.”)
    5. (obsolete) to be able to, to manage to, to be successful in
      Synonym: riuscire
      Di ferir lui ¶ Non gli successe, ma del grande Acate ¶ Graffiò la coscia lievemente
      He was not able to hurt him, but he lightly scratched the thigh of the great Achates
  2. to happen, to occur, to take place
    Synonyms: accadere, capitare
    Facciamolo succedere.Let's make that happen.

Usage notesEdit

  • In the meaning "to happen, occur", the verb can only take successo as the past participle form.


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